The team at Waterstone Clinic has a wealth of experience in all aspects of fertility care, resulting in world class success rates. Our strengths lie in excellent laboratory practice and carefully chosen clinicians who focus on delivering the best outcome for each couple. Advancements in technology allow us to routinely grow embryos to blastocysts and, coupled with the introduction of Embryoscope time-lapse incubators, have enabled our embryologists to consistently improve live birth rates and match the best clinics worldwide.

Will Your Treatment be Successful?

For patients undergoing IVF, there is one question that overshadows all others; “What is my/our chance of becoming pregnant and having a baby?” There is unfortunately no simple answer to this question, we can however estimate your chance of success based on a number of key factors including your age and fertility history.

Success rates can be affected by many factors, including:

  • Genetic factors
  • Fertility history
  • Age of the female partner
  • Lifestyle factors including weight and smoking
  • Conditions contributing to infertility
  • Quality of eggs and number of eggs recovered
  • Quality of sperm (including motility and ability to penetrate the egg)

The age of the female partner is perhaps the single most important factor affecting a couple’s chances of success with IVF. The probability of having a child declines after age 35 and falls significantly beyond age 41, while miscarriage rates increase with advancing age. For first time IVF/ICSI patients undergoing elective single embryo transfer (e-SET) the live birth rate is 65%.

However, there are many hurdles to overcome during treatment and it is wise to keep in mind that they all have to be successfully navigated to get to what we are all striving for – a baby to take home. The key message is to seek help from specialists early and not to delay treatment where it is advised

Our Latest Pregnancy Results

Success data may be presented in a variety of ways and it is important to compare like with like. Generalised success rates can be misleading due to the individuality of each patient’s situation.

In Ireland there is no governing body to which Irish fertility clinics report. This makes it difficult for patients to compare between clinics due to the lack of transparency and consistency in reporting of rates. Several Irish clinics including Waterstone Clinic, report results to ESHRE (European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology), we also use the UK governing body (where reporting is mandatory and standardised) for comparison. Consistently, success rates at Waterstone Clinic exceed the UK and European average.

Below is a table representing the clinical pregnancy rates (defined as the presence of a fetal heartbeat on ultrasound scan at 8 weeks’ gestation) at Waterstone Clinic and comparing them with the some of the top London based fertility clinics.

Table: Clinical pregnancy rates- Waterstone Clinic (from fresh IVF and ICSI cycles 1st Jan 2010- 30th June 2016) and London clinics from latest HFEA published data (9/5/2014) representing the period 1st July 2012- 30th June 2013

Age groups (yrs) * < 35 35-37 38-40 41+
Waterstone Clinic 47.0% 43.2% 32.0% 18.8%
Age groups (yrs) * < 35 35-37 38-39 40-42
Bart’s 36.3% 31.1% 25.2% 9 out of 41 **
Chelsea & Westminster 45.7% 34.3% 20.3% 14.8%
CREATE 40.2% 40.0% 10 out of 39 ** 19.3%
Guy’s 36.0% 33.1% 29.7% 21.6%
Hammersmith 41.2% 31.1% 26.6% 13.3%
London Fertility Centre 29.3% 30.9% 20.4% 14.2%
London Women’s Clinic 32.8% 31.0% 25.5% 11.3%
The Lister Fertility Clinic 49.5% 38.2% 26.7% 21.5%
The Bridge Centre 29.4% 24.6% 17.7% 11.2%
CRM 44.3% 37.9% 29.0% 21.4%

* Note difference in age groupings

** Where cycles number less than 50 percentages are not applicable

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